If you aren’t a scholar who blogs, this is your final warning — More on Remembering Tatian’s remembering

Anthony Le Donne proposed a topic about Tatian and social memory (herehere, and here). I believe that the use of social memory is one of the most important and innovative concepts in Historical Jesus studies. I am unsure — as of yet  — how this may play into second century Christianity. But it would seem I did not think it through just yet.

Chris Keith, “Big Daddy Pain,” has a response up here. He brings in the vile arch-heretic, almost as archy and heretical as Calvin, Marcion. Keith’s explanation is one worth considering as his his final suggestion. On the blog post. Linked just above. Why aren’t you reading that one?

I would call this memory manipulation, especially next to Marcion; although I reserve the right to consider that all literary events (new word ® — Mark is an event; Luke is a composition) as ideological to the core, even the Gospels — even Mark engaged in manipulating memory. So, I guess it would be social memory at work.

Although by the time you get to Marcion and Tatian, you are talking about manipulating a social memory of tradition, so maybe second or third hand. Thus we arrive back to were we started.

Um….

Anyway, if you are not a Scholar who blogs, because you find no reason in it, consider this dialogue and read my SBL paper: From Blogging to Book – SBL Paper.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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5 thoughts on “If you aren’t a scholar who blogs, this is your final warning — More on Remembering Tatian’s remembering

  1. “He brings in the vile arch-heretic, almost as archy and heretical as Calvin, Marcion.”

    He may have taught two gods, but at least he didn’t teach no stinking predestination. His edition of Romans probably lacked about all of Romans 3-9 anyway. In fact, probably his theology was made up by Irenaeus and Tertullian, and he didn’t teach two gods at all. Probably they were Calvinists who wanted to add in that material and his edition was proving them to be liars.

  2. Mark was a “literary event”? You mean, something like a book launch party? Somehow I can’t imagine the Evangelist signing copies of his manuscript for admiring fans, surrounded by other authors and publishers sipping cocktails!

    • ah… ha… Yeah, I’m working on a term/concept here.

      What I mean is a literary composition that goes behind itself. So Mark composed and a new chapter in Christianity began.

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